I'm working on a map using ArcGIS Desktop 10.8 and need to create a style with 50% borders transparency which I can then apply to different drawing elements like polygons, lines and text. Similar to the yellow elements in this BBC map.

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How can I achieve this?

  • I just checked this from UNITAR. They had that map set up... Take a look what they do unitar.org/maps/map/3092 . That is an example. – PROBERT Aug 8 '20 at 15:18

As far as I know arcgis wont let you use diferent transparency setting for fill and border.

One workaround is to duplicate your layer and set the bottom one with no border and the top one with only border and no fill, then you can style your fill and border to your liking. Of course this work only for polygon layer, for text box it will be harder to set it up....

If you want to get the same result as your exemple I suggest to finish the styling in a vectorial graphic software ( like inkscape or illustrators) or using a GIS software with more advanced styling capabilities (like arcpro or qgis)

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